Bony to Manchester City


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Manchester City have completed the signing of
Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony in a deal
that could be worth up to £28m.
Bony has agreed a four-and-a-half-year deal
at Etihad Stadium through to 2019 and will
wear the number 14 shirt.
“It’s a great feeling for me, it’s a big honour
to be here and it’s a great challenge,” the 26-
year-old said.
He joined Swansea for £12m from Vitesse
Arnhem in 2013 and was Premier League top
scorer in 2014 with 20 goals.
The two clubs agreed the terms of the transfer
at the weekend, with £25m cash up front and
a further £3m in performance-related add-ons.
The deal makes Bony one of the most
expensive African footballers in history.
Bony is on international duty with Ivory Coast
at the Africa Cup of Nations and could
potentially have to wait until mid-February
before he can make his City debut.
“As a player it’s always good to be part of one
of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s a
good opportunity for me to be in that
situation now – I’m really proud,”
Bony will wear the 14 shirt vacated by Javi
Garcia
“I felt excited to wait for this moment and now
it’s come, it’s fantastic.
“I think it’s a great decision for me –
Manchester City are in the Champions League.
It’s a motivation for me to give my maximum
to be in that place.”
City boss Manuel Pellegrini added: “He is an
intelligent footballer who has skill and power.
His goals record has been excellent since he
came to England.
Bony will wear the 14
“He adapted very quickly to the game here and
I think he will settle in at City quickly. We now
have four top-class strikers and I am looking
forward to seeing them work together.”
Swansea earlier criticised the Ivory Coast
Football Federation
for claiming the deal had gone through before
either club had announced it.
The Ivory Coast Football Federation said:
“Bony has signed with Manchester City this
Wednesday, 14 January.”
But a Swansea spokesman said the Ivory
Coast “have no right to comment”.
Swansea later confirmed the deal in a
statement that thanked Bony “for his superb
service to the club”.
Bony scored 25 goals in all competitions in
his first season at the Welsh side and has
scored nine goals so far this term.
The fee for Bony, who has also scored 11
goals in 32 games for the Ivory Coast, is
almost double Swansea’s previous record sale
of Joe Allen to Liverpool in August 2012.

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